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Volcker Unbound

The regulation that will implement the Volcker Rule was finally issued on December 10, 2013. Major financial institutions around the world will have to review a host of activities and investments in order to comply with the...more

1/2/2014  /  Banks , Dodd-Frank , Volcker Rule

SEC Approves Amendment to FINRA IPO Allocation Rule 5131, Easing Compliance for Fund Investors

Introduction - On November 27, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a change (the “Amendment”) to FINRA’s IPO allocation rule 5131 (the “Rule”).The Amendment allows a fund-of-funds to rely on a...more

12/9/2013  /  FINRA , Investment Funds , Investors , IPO , SEC

CFTC Adopts Harmonization Rules for CPOs of Registered Investment Companies

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has adopted widely anticipated rules regarding the application of its commodity pool operator (“CPO”) regulatory regime to CPOs of registered investment companies...more

As the Deadline Approaches…AIFMD: Marketing by Non-EEA Managers

The AIFMD is due to take effect on July 22, 2013. Yet countries across the EEA — with less than a week until the deadline — are at different stages of transposing the AIFMD into national laws. A number will miss the...more

SEC Adopts Rule Changes Allowing General Solicitation in Private Placements Under Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A

On July 10, 2013, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rule changes that will permit general solicitation and general advertising in securities offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A....more

SEC Compliance Program Annual Reviews: A Guide for Newly Registered Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission estimates that approximately 1,300 hedge and private equity fund managers registered as investment advisers with the agency as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

SEC Lawyer Speaks To Broker-Dealer Registration Status Of Private Fund Managers

Late last week, a senior SEC lawyer encouraged the private equity and hedge fund communities to consider whether certain practices of private fund managers could subject these firms to SEC registration as broker-dealers....more

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